Do you feel especially uncomfortable in your home in during the warmer months? While the humidity in a home should be somewhere between 30 and 50 percent, Florida experiences higher humidity levels than others states. One way to keep humidity levels in your home between the recommended range is by using a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier takes in the air in your home and removes the moisture before releasing it back out. If don’t already own one, here are signs your home may need a dehumidifier:
Whether or not your home is clean, bugs thrive in a moist environment. The heat that goes along with high humidity is also an invitation for bugs and insects alike. Bugs are always looking for water or any kind of moisture and your home will carry excess moisture if it is especially humid. This moisture can be found almost anywhere in your home, including walls, floors and the ceiling. So if you have seen an increase in roaches, spiders, centipedes, silverfish or other insects, it may be time to invest in a dehumidifier.
2. Musty Odor Around the House
If you don’t have a dehumidifier, you may notice that your home has developed a musty odor. What you’re smelling is the start of mold or mildew growing in your home. This is likely due to the high levels of moisture in your home. Mold thrives in this kind of environment and it isn’t always visible. Odor is sign that there is a problem in your home that needs to be addressed right away.
3. Visible Mold or Mildew
At higher humidity levels, your home becomes susceptible to mold. Mold and mildew can begin to grow in the corners of your home and on all wooden surfaces. Anything damp in your home will also be more susceptible to mold including those clothes you threw in the hamper after a rainy day. If left untreated, the mold in your home could cause health issues for everyone inside, so consider investing in a dehumidifier if it becomes an ongoing issue.
Call Engineered Air to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
At Engineered Air, we strive to help our customers keep their homes cool and comfortable year round. If humidity has become an issue in your home, contact us today. Our technicians will be able to diagnose any problems and provide a solution for you.